Tidak mustahil Dr Faiz seorang 'big loser' jika 2011 tidak menjelang baginya!
Advice To Dr Faiz To Stay Single Unhealthy, MP Says
"Was it a policy?," she asked. It would only put pressure on Dr Faiz and those interested to participate in the National Spaceman Programme in the future, she said when debating the Supply Bill 2008 in the Dewan Rakyat Tuesday.
On Nov 10, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said Dr Faiz was not encouraged to get married until the mission to send another Malaysian to outer space is realised in 2011.
This was to ensure Dr Faiz remain focus on the training, he said.
It was not a coercion, he explained. But, the spaceman had to think seriously of the matter before deciding on getting married, he added.
In his reaction, Dr Faiz said he would heed to the advice. Not getting married was not a major problem, he said, because he knew that his main priority now was to realise the country's mission.
Fong also raised Russia's offer to sell to Malaysia the Soyuz TMA-11 craft that carried first national spaceman Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha to the International Space Station last month.
She wanted to know how far the negotiation had gone into and urged to government to disclose the offer price.
Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar (BN-Larut) welcomed the purchase, saying that the capsule could serve as a symbol of Malaysia's first voyage into space and a historical artefact for display to future generations.
Salahuddin Ayub (Pas-Kubang Kerian) said Malaysia should emulate Iran which had signed an agreement for technology transfer as part of the contract for the purchase of Sukhoi aircraft.
"They bought Sukhoi and asked for technology transfers. Today, they can build aircraft using the technology obtained. We bought Sukhoi and sent a spaceman," he said.
He urged the government to give due consideration before deciding on buying the Soyuz.
Wong Nai Chee (BN-Kota Melaka) said buying the Soyuz capsule was only a waste of tax payers' money because the spaceman programme in itself was enough to inspire the people.